DALLAS TWP. — The Misericordia University Campus Ministry will host a human trafficking simulation in support of victims and survivors of human trafficking from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15.
The free event will be held in rooms 218-219 in the Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University, 301 Lake St.
Participants will go through a variety of simulated human trafficking scenarios that will offer examples of the more than 2 million estimated cases of human trafficking happening worldwide each year. Scenarios will include child labor in the cocoa bean industry of the Ivory Coast, worldwide sex trafficking, domestic trafficking and sweatshops.
The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 8, the International Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking and the feast day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, but was postponed due to inclement weather. Throughout her life, Bakhita bore 144 physical scars, which she received after she was kidnapped in her home country of Sudan and sold into slavery. She was canonized in 2000.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website, human trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world. The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported a total of 30,918 substantive phone calls, emails and online tips reported in 2016 about human trafficking cases and related issues in the United States and U.S. territories.